Having greyish-silver hair had been a goal of mine for a while, and after much experimenting at the hair dressers as well as at home I finally achieved the look I always wanted. So I thought I’d throw together this post for those of you that are interested in doing the same thing.
But before we get started, let’s talk about a few things: Rocking the granny hair trend is definitely much more work than one might think. It’s pretty demanding and I’ve never had to do as much up-keep on my hair as I do now that it is silver. So make sure you a ready for that. I’ve done this hair myself but if you’ve never bleached or dyed your hair before I’d recommend going to a hair salon. Just to be safe. However, if you are adventures enough to do it yourself – keep reading.
Okay so unless you were born with a naturally really light-blond colour, going gray means bleaching your hair to strip out the color before dyeing it. Depending on your natural hair colour you might have to do this more than once. Bleaching your hair is something that should not be taken lightly because you could seriously damage your hair.
Once you’ve bleached your hair to the lightest colour it can be, you can start preparing your hair for the toning process. So stock up on deep conditioning treatments and silver shampoo next time you are in the drugstore. Since bleaching your hair is so damaging I’d recommend giving your it at least one to two weeks in between. During this time you want to wash your hair with silver shampoo and apply a few deep conditioning treatments. If you are looking for a great silver shampoo I’d recommend getting the Fanola No Yellow shampoo – this stuff is no joke!
When it comes to toning your hair there are a few different products you can use in order to achieve different styles. As you can see I attempted the ombré look. To achieve this look I used the toners from the Schwarzkopf Igora Royal Silverwhite collection in the colours slate gray and silver. For the actual toning step you want to make sure you are working with at least two-day old hair. Next you want to take your teasing comb and tease the roots of your hair. This step ensures that the transition from dark grey to silver looks more seamless. Then you mix the darker colour with the developer and JUST apply it to the teased part of my hair. After that let it sit for 20 minutes before washing it out.
Once you’ve done that. You should be left with really dark grey roots. Next you want to mix the silver colour and apply it all over to your hair. The Schwarzkopf Silverwhite hair collection is designed for really light hair so because you now have dark roots this part of your hair wont adapt to the light colour as much as the rest of your hair does. You can just go back in and apply the mix to the length of your hair but since it was the first time I coloured my hair all by myself I wanted to make sure that I didn’t miss anything.
So after that, all there is left to do is washing out the colour and drying your hair and voila you should be left with ombré granny hair.
Now onto the upkeep: Since the colours you’ve used are toners they tend to fade rather quickly. So in order to keep that lovely grey/silver you need to do a few things. Firstly, wash your hair with silver shampoo. Secondly, use conditioning treatments once in a while. And last but not least, depending on the pigmentation you want, do a silver shampoo treatment at least once a week, by leaving your silver shampoo on for 15 to 20 minutes before washing it off. If you happen to have any more questions on how to achieve granny hair, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can easily me through my social media or just leave me a comment down below. xo, Marie